The HPCC Program is planned, funded, and executed with the close cooperation of Federal agencies and laboratories, private industry, and academia. These efforts are directed toward ensuring that to the greatest extent possible the Program meets the needs of all communities involved and that the results of the Program are brought into the research and educational communities and into the commercial marketplace as rapidly as possible.
The National Coordination Office (NCO) for High Performance Computing and Communications was established in September 1992. Donald A. B. Lindberg was selected to direct the NCO, while continuing to serve as Director of the National Library of Medicine. The NCO coordinates the activities of participating agencies and organizations, and serves as a liaison to Congress, industry, academia, and the public.
As Director of the NCO, Lindberg reports to John H. Gibbons, the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Director of the NCO also chairs the CPMES High Performance Computing, Communications, and Information Technology (HPCCIT) Subcommittee. The Subcommittee meets regularly to coordinate agency HPCC programs through information exchanges, the common development of interagency programs, and the review of individual agency plans and budgets. It is also informed by presentations by other Federal working groups and by public bodies.
Several HPCCIT working groups coordinate activities in specific areas. Individual agencies are responsible for coordinating these efforts:
A Federal Networking Advisory Committee (FNCAC) supports the FNC by providing input and recommendations from broad communities and constituencies of the NREN effort. Pursuant to P.L. 102-194, the High Performance Computing Act of 1991, a High Performance Computing Advisory Committee will be established to support the overall HPCC Program. The Committee will improve communications and collaborations with U.S. industry, universities, state and local governments, and the public. Each participating agency has focal points for addressing matters related to the HPCC Program. Organizational and management structures facilitating participation in the HPCC Program are described in the sections presenting individual agency programs. Many participating agencies have published documents about their HPCC programs and solicitations for research in HPCC areas; requests should be directed to the respective HPCC contacts listed at the end of this document.
U.S. industry, academia, and other developers and users of HPCC technology are involved in agency program planning and execution through advisory committees, commissioned reviews, self-generated commentary, and through direct participation in HPCC research and development efforts and as suppliers of technology.
The HPCC Program has benefited from the interest, advice, and specific recommendations of a variety of governmental, industrial, academic, professional, trade, and other organizations. These include:
The HPCC Program has sponsored several major conferences and workshops. HPCC representatives have given presentations at a number of related conferences as well. These are itemized below.
EVENT SPONSOR High Performance Computing Industry NASA Presentations Improving Medical Care: Vision of HPCCIT National Library of Medicine HPCC Applications in Chemistry NIH HPCC Comprehensive Review NASA Blue Ribbon Panel on HPCC NSF Workshop and Conference on Grand Challenge Nine HPCC Applications and Software Technology Agencies
American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering 1993 Annual Meeting
Coordinating Federal Health Care: Progress and Promise Workshop
Council on Competitiveness -- Forum on Information Infrastructure
Electronic Industries Association Fifth Annual Federal Information Systems Conference
Georgetown University Medical School Computer Health Care Conference
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Information Exchange Conference
International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) Annual Meeting
NII Round Table sponsored by 3Com Corporation
Research Consortium Inc. (RCI) North American Annual Member Executive Conference
Scientific Computing and Automation Conference
3Com Interop Conference
Wide Area Information Services (WAIS) Conference
The dynamism and flexibility of the HPCC Program is illustrated by the incorporation of many of these recommendations into current Program plans. For example, the CSPP conducted its second intensive study of the HPCC Program structure and in January 1993 published "Perspectives on the National Information Infrastructure: CSPP's Vision and Recommendations for Action." Many of their recommendations formed the basis for plans in the HPCC Program's new IITA component.